BHA Awards The Dufferin Club of Brantford with $500 Prize 

For Immediate Release
4/30/2014 
Contact: Donna Clements, Tourism Business Development Officer 
Phone: 519-751-9900 
Joe Godwin and Charlie Nadijwan from The Dufferin Club of Brantford accept $500 cheque from Brantford Hotel Association members Danny Bawa, Jackie Cooper, Mina Raja and Cindy Hiscock.

Over 40 local sports organizers attended the Brantford Hotel Association’s (BHA) Sport Appreciation Night on Tuesday evening. Each member hotel invited representatives from local sports organizations to a night of entertainment, networking and recognition for their hard work in bringing sport tournaments and events to the community.

The event took place at Wacky Wings Eatery in Brantford and included a cocktail reception, dinner, and a $10 game card for the Playdium. The evening also featured some fantastic door prizes and a chance for each sports organization to win one of two cash prizes. Brant and District Sledge Hockey walked away with $250 while the grand prize of $500 was awarded to The Dufferin Club of Brantford who will use the money towards sporting events in Brantford.

“This is the second time the BHA has had an event like this,” said Kirby Brown, Chair of the Brantford Hotel Association. “We want to show our appreciation to the sports organizers in our community for their continued support in generating overnight stays.”

Through their Athletic Guest Commission Program, the BHA provides a financial payment back to local organizers based on the number of rooms sold for their tournaments. To date, the BHA has paid out $29, 235 to local sports organizations.

By implementing these programs and working closely with the Economic Development and Tourism Department, the BHA is able to generate more overnight stays, which leads to major economic impact for the City of Brantford. According to Statistics Canada, the impact of an overnight stay can be calculated at $178 for a city the size of Brantford. Based on these figures, the economic impact generated in 2013 as a result of local sports organizations hosting approximately 85 tournaments was $5.15 million. By working closely with sports organizers and creating strong partnerships, the City of Brantford has become a destination of choice for Sport Tourism.

“Tourism Brantford is here to help with your local tournaments and to help bring major tournaments to the city,” said Donna Clements, Tourism Business Development Officer, City of Brantford Economic Development and Tourism Department.

The City of Brantford Economic Development and Tourism Department offers many services to help with sport meetings and tournaments in the city. Staff can assist with site inspections, bid packages and welcome kits, publicity and more. Local sports organizers are encouraged to contact the Tourism Brantford staff for information on how to make the most out of their tournaments in Brantford.

The Brantford Hotel Association (BHA) consists of four major hotels in the city, including the BEST WESTERN PLUS Brant Park Inn and Conference Centre, Days Inn - Brantford, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – Brantford and the Quality Inn & Suites – Brantford. The BHA is a registered not-for-profit organization and members work closely with the city to bring more tourism dollars to Brantford.